Rome • Florence • Venice
9 days- Our prices include airfare from your hometown and exclusively 4 or 5 star hotels everywhere
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Trips in 2020 - $3,799.00
- Round-trip airfare from your hometown connecting in a major city to fly overseas is included.
- Airport Taxes, Security Fees, and Fuel Surcharges!
- Exclusively 4 or 5 star hotels in downtown areas.
- All breakfasts and all dinners. Wine is included with all dinners.
- Transportation with luxury bus.
- All entrance fees to all the sites.
- All tips to everyone involved in the tour.
- The tour fees for our guides. Our tour guides are well educated, caring, and professional. Most of them have their PhD's in Church history, archeology, philosophy, languages, or Theology.
- Luggage handling. Please pack light, one piece of luggage and one carry-on.
- Dress casually throughout the whole trip. Shoulders and knees should be covered when visiting Basilicas or churches.
- If you are traveling alone and you allow us to find you a roommate, you don't pay the $900 single supplement. If you wish to have your own room and you are not open to rooming with another passenger, then the single supplement fee is $900.
- Wheelchair can be provided for those passengers who cannot walk, with prior notice at registration for $150. A traveling companion has to push the wheelchair throughout the trip.
- At the time of registration, as a part of the total balance, a non-refundable $500 deposit ($500 hotel and airfare deposit) is due in the form of a credit card. For example, if your trip costs $3,700, when you sign up, you pay a $500 deposit, then your balance would be $3,200 and is due 4 months before departure date. If you sign up after the final payment due date or at the last minute, you pay the entire cost of the trip at registration.
Trip Does Not Include
- Insurance ~ The total trip cost is non-refundable, we recommend trip insurance to protect your investment.
September 5: Thursday - You will depart from your home town airport in the United States.
September 6: Friday - Upon arrival in Rome, you will be met at the airport by your tour guide. We will begin our Jewish Roma tour by traveling to the Jewish Ghetto, in the Rione Sant' Angelo region. We will walk the cobblestone streets and enjoy a visit to a delightful kosher Bakery. We will see the one remaining piece of the ghetto wall which was built into the wall of one of the courtyards at the Piazza delle Cinque Scole. We will visit the Great Synagogue of Rome, the largest of 13 Synagogues in the entire city. We will visit the Jewish museum which is located inside the Synagogue. The museum tells a fascinating story of the Jewish community in Rome. We will enjoy lunch in heart of the jewish neighborhood. As the Sabbath approaches, we will partake in an afternoon Kabbalat Shabbat Service. Just before dinner, Rabbi Chazin will invite all to join in Kiddush over wine. Overnight in Rome.
September 7: Saturday - On this Shabbat Morning, Rabbi Chazin will lead a short service at the hotel before we depart for the Colosseum. The colosseum, built in 80 A.D., still stands as one of the greatest monuments in human history. This will be followed by a return to the Jewish ghetto where we will stroll along the main Street, Via del Portico d'Ottavia, lined with lively restaurants and shops. On the edge of the Jewish ghetto we will see the Theater of Marcellus - often mistaken for the coliseum by first-time visitors, the charming Piazza Mattei, home to the baroque turtle fountain, which is been a claimed as "the most beautiful and perfect fountain in Rome". In the afternoon we will have a tour of the Catacombs where 500,000 people were buried, among them many Jews. After the Catacombs our private bus will take us back to the area of our hotel where you will have time to relax before dinner at the hotel with wine. As it is the close of the Sabbath, Rabbi Chazin will lead a beautiful Havdalah Service. Overnight in Rome.
September 8: Sunday - We will spend the day in Vatican City, the smallest country in the world. We will be visiting the Vatican from a Jewish perspective, including the spectacular Sistine chapel. After the museum we will enter the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican, home to the marvelous Pieta’ by Michelangelo. St Peter’s is the largest Basilica in the world and the building itself is a great piece of art by Bernini. Vatican rules dictate that your shoulders and knees must be covered out of respect while in St. Peter's Basilica. Make sure your wardrobe includes long pants, capris or skirts below the knee, and no sleeveless shirts or tank tops. We will enjoy dinner with wine. Overnight in Rome.
September 9: Monday - We will begin our day by visiting the Spanish Steps. At the bottom of the steps you will enjoy Roman-style shopping on via Condotti, one of the greatest spots to shop! After lunch you can throw a coin over your shoulder at the Trevi Fountain. In the afternoon we say goodbye to beautiful Rome. We will begin to head north toward Florence and the Tuscany region, making stops along the way. Dinner with wine at our hotel. Overnight in Florence.
September 10: Tuesday - We will begin the morning visiting the Deportation Memorial, (remembering those taken by the Nazis to the death camps). We will see the greatest symbol of victory in Florence, the statue of David and The Duomo. If time allows we will visit the Great Synagogue of Florence before lunch. Time will spent in the afternoon at the Uffizzi Gallery, where we will see the astounding work of Botticelli's Birth of Venus and the Primavera (meaning spring). After admiring some of the most renown works by Giotto, Michelangelo, Leonardo DaVinci, Cimabue and many others, we will head back to the area of the hotel and enjoy dinner with wine. Overnight in Florence.
September 11: Wednesday - We will need to get an early start this morning because we will be traveling to Venice, also known as the Dominante city, the city of Masks, an amazing city built on water. We will begin with a visit to st. Mark's plaza. From there you can choose to visit St. Mark's cathedral, go on a gondola ride, or spend time shopping and visiting the beautiful streets and bridges of Venice. Casual dress is appropriate for today but long pants are required if you intend to go to St Mark's. We will have our dinner with wine in Venice. Overnight in Venice.
September 12: Thursday - Today we will visit Campo del Ghetto, the oldest Jewish Ghetto in the world with it's five Synagogues, which are the oldest still existing. Enjoy lunch outside at one of the many restaurants in the area . We will continue our unforgettable experience by walking in the streets and canals of the Jewish ghetto, visiting small shops and museums. This is truly a beautiful, quiet, and unique place. We will go back to our hotel for time of rest or you may explore the area near the hotel before meeting for dinner with wine. There will be time after dinner to reflect and share thoughts about our pilgrimage. Our evening will end with an inclusive blessing from Rabbi Chazin. Overnight in Venice.
September 13: Friday - Our private bus brings us to the airport in Venice, to fly back to the United States.
Please note: We do our best to ensure that all sites in this itinerary will be seen. However, due to scheduling conflicts, or other circumstances beyond our control, sites may be visited on a different day than listed. Since we have several different trip configurations touring at the same time, it is likely that groups on different tours will be combined when their itineraries overlap in certain areas.